The Lowdown on Briar Hill

Your Typical Neighbour

Most likely of European decent, though there is a strong West Indian population as well.

What We

If your palate is international and you don’t want to break the bank, there’s a whole lot of dining options for you in the area. And you could kill an entire Saturday at Luminart in the design district.

What We Don't

Rush hour traffic making their way to and from the Allen Expressway (and the nearby transit stations) can be a little bit frustrating.

Homes in this area reflect the strong identity of the neighbourhood, and many families have had homes here for many years. A number of the houses have front porches that leave the neighbours competing to out-decorate, and basements with second kitchens & income suites is common. There’s a real sense of community here with neighbours who may have known each other for years. Given the high walk score and the offerings of relatively nearby St. Clair West, the old world feel that lingers may come as no surprise.

There’s a healthy supply of bungalows to be found here, available at a price point that might, convince you to leave the trendier more southern neighbourhoods in exchange the space and layout that you’ve been longing for. Even if you were to spend a cool quarter million on a reno here, you’d almost surely end up with more house for less money than you would waging a bidding war South of St. Clair.

A broad ethnic and socioeconomic demographic means there is demand for other housing options: Marlee Ave is home to a number of older apartment buildings that offer suites that are larger than many downtown ‘town-ominiums’, though it’s wise to do your homework on what the condo fees in some of these buildings will mean for your budget. Some of the same apartment buildings on the periphery provide affordable rental options for the neighbourhood as well.

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
AVERAGE PRICE $560,310 $713,445 $704,413 $947,601 $1,001,448
PRICE: Low-High $360,000-$895,000 $445,000-$1,377,125 $430,000-$1,400,000 $535,000-$1,950,000 $485,000-$2,000,060
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 20 26 18 15 22
# OF SALES 57 40 148 152 116

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
AVERAGE PRICE $304,781 $291,269 $322,651 $373,217 $484,544
PRICE: Low-High $202,100-$432,500 $175,000-$461,500 $198,000-$447,000 $215,550-$536,000 $329,000-$695,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 29 32 20 22 16
# OF SALES 27 45 45 42 50

Area: 2km

Population: 14,295

Demographics

Kids: 14%

Youth: 12%

Seniors: 13%

Visible Minority: 40.90%

Average Family Income: $67,354

Education

Lower Education: 34.90%

Higher Education: 6.20%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 2865

Tenanted Homes: 2940

Schools both separate and public are all nearby, and there’s even a couple of private schools around if your means allow.

Buses all around offer connection to the TTC, and Dufferin is the nearest and fastest route downtown. The Allen expressway quickly takes you north to connect to the 401.

About Briar Hill

Briar Hill (often referred to as Briar Hill-Belgravia) is a favoured spot for families and young professionals in Toronto. It is often grouped as a part of the larger “Fairbank” neighbourhood. However, the City of Toronto recognizes it separately. A little confusing, right? Basically just remember that its borders include Eglinton West to the South, Marlee Avenue to the East, Caledonia Road to the West, and Briar Hill to the North. Oh, and it’s quickly become a desired neighbourhood for home buyers looking for value – now that’s something that resonates.

Briar Hill is also a diverse Toronto neighbourhood. The area is known for a high number of Turkish, Portuguese, Italian, Hungarian, and Serbian speakers. Lucky residents in the Briar Hill neighbourhood are within walking distance to local cafes, butchers, specialty shops, pubs, and stores. Favourite local hot-spots include Starving Artist Cafe and the Fairbank Memorial Park. Briar Hill is also conveniently located close to Forest Hill Village and the Humewood/Cedarvale area. As a result, families have access to a variety of schools and after-school activities.

Homes found in the Briar Hill neighbourhood were generally built between the 1920s and 1930s. These homes are on the smaller side – with 2 and 1/2 story layouts. Although in recent years there has been a modernization of the area attributed to investment in home renovations. It is also due to an increase in a younger demographic moving into the neighbourhood. Homes are traditionally built and generally have a front and backyard (score!). The majority of homes are also surrounded by trees and greenery (double score!).

Living in the Briar Hill area of Toronto comes with the added benefit of a tight-knit community. This combines beautifully with it’s scenic atmosphere of rolling hills, baseball diamonds, local parks, picnic spots, playgrounds, and basketball courts. This neighbourhood makes for an excellent place for any child to grow-up while offering a retreat for young professionals commuting in-and-out of the downtown core.

 


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